Holiness in our Midst

Note: Holiness in Our Midst: Sharing Our Stories to Encourage and Heal is a monthly online feature created by Janis Pyle to facilitate sharing of our personal experiences, thoughts, beliefs, and spiritual practices with one another, especially through stories. Barriers are broken down when we begin to see all persons, even those with whom we disagree ideologically, as sacred and constantly attended to by a loving Creator. Each column is accompanied by a “story circle” prompt and study guides for personal and group reflection. To share your stories, contact Hannah Button-Harrison at communications@nplains.org. Janis Pyle can be reached at janispyle@yahoo.com.

Click below to study each session:

Session 1: On Prayer

Session 2: On Loss

Session 3: On ‘Keepsake’ Letters

Session 4: On The Nativity

Session 5: On Dreams

Session 6: On Scriptures

Session 7: On Beloved Belongings

Session 8: Words To Live By

Session 9: Holy Moments

Session 10: Table Graces

Session 11: On Childhood Games

Session 12: Time of Day

Session 13: On Grace

Session 14: On Hands

Session 15: On Sacred Space

Session 16: On Christmas Carols

Session 17: On Small Changes

Session 18: On Friends

Session 19: On Blessings

Session 20: On Legacies

Session 21: On Entering Heaven

Session 22: On Road Trips

Session 23: On Comfort Food

Session 24: On Time Travel

Session 25: On Causes

Session 26: On Comfort Zones

Session 27: On Quiet Places

Session 28: On Gifts to Jesus

Session 29: On a Word-for-the-Year

Session 30: On Home

Session 31: On Tables

Session 32: On Names

Session 33: On Mothers

Session 34: On Fathers

Session 35: On Changing the World

Session 36: On Gardens

Session 37: On Current Reads

Session 38: On Seasons

Session 39: On Holiday Traditions

Session 40: On First Steps

Session 41: On Jesus’ Questions

Session 42: On Hymns

Session 43: On Artworks

Session 44: On The Lord’s Prayer

Session 45: On Trees

Session 46: On Being Lost and Found

Session 47: On Lost Places

Session 48: On Musical Instruments

Session 49: On Autumn Memories

Session 50: Home Places

Session 51: On Wise Persons

Session 52: On Keeping Christmas

Session 53: On Picturing Heaven

Session 54: On Bumper Stickers

Session 55: On Hospitality

Session 56: On Family Vacations

Session 57: On Biblical Characters

Session 58: On Cities

Session 59: On Pets

Session 60: On Learning You Are Not Alone

Session 61: On Collections

Session 62: On Camp

Session 63: On Quaker Questions

Session 64: On Mission Fields

Session 65: On Fun Facts

Session 66: On Asking Jesus

Session 67: On Signs of Hope

Session 68: On Hitting the ‘Pause Button’

Session 69: On ‘When I Was A Child ___’

Session 70: On Visions for the Church

Session 71: On Influential Teachers

Session 72: On Why We are Born

Session 73: On Being Remembered

Session 74: On Hidden Gifts

Session 75: On Preparing Your Heart

Session 76: On Picturing Peace

Session 77: On Love Stories

Session 78: On Everyday Angels

Session 79: On Earth Day

Session 80: On Rebirth

Session 81: On Spiritual Ancestors

Session 82: On Bridge-Builders

Session 83: On Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Session 84: On Life-Changing Sermons

Session 85: On (Holy) Goose Bumps

Session 86: On Show and Tell

Session 87: On ‘Filling Your Cup’

Session 88: On Being Loved

Session 89: On Stewardship

Session 90: On Small Groups

Session 91: On The Coronavirus

Session 92: On Communion

Session 93: On ‘Absent Participants’

Session 94: On Letting Go

Session 95: On Miracles

Session 96: On Walking Paths

Session 97: On The Ten Commandments

Session 98: On “Snow Days”

Session 99: On Christmas Toys

Session 100: On Open Spaces

Session 101: On Footprints I

Session 102: On Footprints II

Session 103: On COVID ‘Positives’

Session 104: On COVID ‘Negatives’

Session 105: On ‘Home Worship Centers’

Session 106: On ‘Postcards from God’

Session 107: On Horizon-Expanding Experiences

Session 108: On Life-Changing Words

Session 109: On ‘Holy Burdens’

Session 110: On A Trip-of-a-lifetime

Session 111: On Scent Memory

Session 112: On Keeping Christmas

Session 113: On Making a ‘Done List’

Session 114: On ‘Open Doors’

Session 115: On ‘Fruit(s) of the Spirit’

Session 116: On ‘Wailing Wall’ Prayers

Session 117: On Loving your Enemies

Session 118: On Glimpses of Glory

Session 119: On Going Off the Beaten Path

Session 120: On Peace in Our Time

Session 121: On ‘Glad Service’

Session 122: On Silence

Session 123: On Christmas Movies

Session 124: On ‘One Sure Thing’

Session 125: On ‘Near Death’ Experiences

Session 126: On ‘Assignments from God’

Session 127: On ‘A Happy Heart’

Session 128: On ‘A Gift to Mother Nature’

Session 129: On ‘Dreams Fulfilled’

Session 130: On ‘A Committee of One’

Session 131: On ‘My Touchstone Place’

Session 132: On ‘Ohana

Session 133: On Light

Session 134: On Renewal